The Economist: “Twisting arms: Reading the tea leaves at New York’s Asian Art Week,”

“THE most obvious lesson to be drawn from Asian Art Week, an annual festival of New York sales that ended on March 26th, was that demand from buyers in mainland China is growing ever stronger. This was especially the case for jades, imperial porcelain, cloisonné, scholars’ items and furniture. In stark contrast to Western buyers, for whom collecting Chinese art is a pastime enjoyed by the middle-aged and the elderly, Chinese buyers are often young and wealthy and hail from all over China—not just Beijing and Shanghai, but as far afield as Yunan, Xian and Mongolia. They are part of a growing fraternity that regards bringing home national treasures as one of the highest expressions of patriotism.”

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